2019 Butcher’s Hill Late Harvest Riesling

$75

Coal River Valley

With riper fruit the flavours are a little richer with aromas of green apple, lime sherbet, nectarine and apricot. This follows into the palate with the addition of sweet citrus blossom, musk and lime pith with a touch of pineapple, apricot and lingering exotic spices. Tailing out with a rich texture over the finish.


Vintage
2019
Variety
Riesling
Volume:
750mls
Alcohol:
13.5%
Standard Drinks
8.2
Acidity:

8.5g/L

Closure
ScrewCap
Style

Sweet

A warm, dry start to the growing season with September and October rainfall well below average, and maximum temperatures generally above average. This was followed by warm dry conditions through summer with some areas of the south receiving their warmest summer on record. February saw some reprieve from the heat with a touch of rain to freshen up canopies.

The Butchers Hill Vineyard located in Richmond at the historic Belmont Lodge was established in 2003. The vineyard is a prominent feature to the Richmond landscape as it protrudes from the borders of the town. The steep north facing slope of this site starting from 30m-100m above sea level means that it receives some very long sunlight hours, protection from cold southern winds and increased drainage of soils. The ferricrete attribute of the soils not only hold heat and water longer as they are darker but the iron oxide also interacts with the production of flavonoids in the fruit and typically produces wines that are complex and robust. There are currently 6ha of vine planted on this property in total.

The grapes for this wine were left on the vine for an additional 20 days after the Butcher’s Hill Riesling grapes were picked resulting in higher concentration of flavour and sugars by the evaporation of juice, whilst staying high in acids allowing a perfectly balanced wine with perceivable sugar but not too sweet.

With riper fruit the flavours are a little richer with aromas of green apple, lime sherbet, nectarine and apricot. This follows into the palate with the addition of sweet citrus blossom, musk and lime pith with a touch of pineapple, apricot and lingering exotic spices. Tailing out with a rich texture over the finish.